Abba-esque

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For the Irish tribute band, see Abbaesque.
Abba-esque
EP by Erasure
Released 1 June 1992 (UK)
30 June 1992 (US)
Recorded 1991
Genre Synthpop
Length 17:46
Label Mute Records
Producer David Bascombe
Erasure chronology
Chorus
(1991)
Abba-esque
(1992)
Pop! The First 20 Hits
(1992)
Erasure singles chronology
"Breath of Life"
(1991)
"Take a Chance on Me"
(1992)
"Who Needs Love Like That (Hamburg Mix)"
(1992)
Cover art for Erasure's Abba-esque remix EP

Abba-esque is an EP by the British pop duo Erasure. Released in 1992, it was their first and only number one on the UK singles chart.

As big fans of the Swedish group ABBA, Erasure (Vince Clarke and Andy Bell) had often performed ABBA songs in concert over the years. They had originally planned to released an album of ABBA covers, but instead opted to release an EP of four of ABBA's best known hits.

Background[edit]

Mute Records released Abba-esque in the UK, while Elektra Records released it in the US.

Shortly after the release, the greatest hits album ABBA Gold was released sparking a revival of ABBA's music that endured for years.

At the time, four-track EPs were eligible for inclusion in the UK singles chart. After peaking at number two twice (with "Sometimes" in 1986 and Crackers International in 1988), Erasure finally reached number one with this release, remaining there for five weeks. In Germany the EP peaked at number two. In the U.S., where EPs chart on the Billboard 200, Abba-esque peaked at number eighty-five. Although never officially released as a single by itself, the song "Take a Chance on Me" received significant radio play in the U.S. At the time, Billboard Hot 100 policy prevented songs not released as singles from entering the chart, although the track did reach number 51 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. In Sweden, the EP peaked at number 1 staying there for six consecutive weeks.

A remix EP was also released as a promotional "DJ only" release (ERAS4) by Mute Records in the UK which featured the same four songs.[1]

The release of the Abba-esque EP in due course precipitated the release of a similar EP, Erasure-ish, by the ABBA tribute band Björn Again, which featured two Erasure tracks ("A Little Respect" and "Stop!") performed in the style of ABBA as an answer record.


Track listing[edit]

Abba-esque[edit]

  1. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (B. Andersson / B. Ulvaeus) - 4:45
  2. "SOS" (S. Anderson / B. Andersson/B. Ulvaeus) - 3:49
  3. "Take a Chance on Me" (B. Andersson / B. Ulvaeus) - 3:43
  4. "Voulez-Vous" (B. Andersson / B. Ulvaeus) - 5:35

Abba-esque – The Remixes[edit]

  1. "Voulez-Vous" (Brain Stem Death Test Mix) (remixed by Fortran 5)
  2. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (No Panties Mix) (remixed by Fortran 5)
  3. "Take a Chance on Me" (Take a Trance on Me Mix) (remixed by Philip Kelsey)
  4. "SOS" (Perimeter Mix) (remix by Chris & Cosey)

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[2] 13
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 1
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 38
Belgium Singles Chart (Vl)[5] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 1
German Singles Chart[8] 2
Irish Singles Chart[9] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 42
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 3
UK Singles Chart[13] 1
US Billboard 200[14] 85
US Dance/Club Play Singles[15] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erasure Releases/Other". Erasure the Official Website. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung (2010-12-30). "Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website | Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  5. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/9a4/Erasure-ABBA-esque
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  8. ^ musicline.de / PhonoNet GmbH. "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  9. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - http://www.fireballmedia.ie (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  13. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  14. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  15. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
Preceded by
"Please Don't Go" by KWS
UK number one single
7 June 1992 for 5 weeks
Succeeded by
"Ain't No Doubt" by Jimmy Nail